As the transfer window slammed shut, Nottingham Forest fans were less than impressed. Key signings hadn’t come to fruition and with the Reds languishing at the foot of the Championship, the message among the fan base was clear; Sack the Board!

Six months down the line the bright shoots of recovery are emerging from the depths of despair. Chris Hughton has departed as manager and with CEO Dane Murphy calling the shots, Forest are functioning like a respectable football club.

‘Sack the Board’ was always a little bit hasty from some supporters. Say what you like about Evangelos Marinakis. Ultimately, he’s parted with over £100 million from his own pocket since taking over and as of yet, he’s not seen a return.

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Furthermore, a quick glance along the A52 at this weekend’s opponents should give the Marinakis doubters another clear message to be extremely careful what you wish for.

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The summer did prove a frustrating time. Funds were short in the post-pandemic era and without selling one of their top stars, the Reds were always fighting a losing battle in the transfer market.

What has changed and has Marinakis finally won over Forest supporters?

Football is subjective. Since Steve Cooper was appointed, rather shrewdly, the hate towards the ownership of the club has extinguished somewhat.

Forest have lost just three times under the Welshman and with results good on the pitch, the feel-good factor is back in Nottingham.

Marinakis has to be given some praise for the way he has revived the club off the field too. Key appointments have improved things considerably.

Ioannis Vrentzos seems to be a thing of the past, with Miltiadis Marinakis now taking on a bigger responsibility behind the scenes.

He comes across as passionate and appears to be involved with the day-to-day running of the football club. If Forest win, it’s become a tradition for Marinakis Jr to share the fans’ jubilation on social media.

Lessons have been learnt with recruitment too. Keinan Davis, Steve Cook and Richie Laryea all arrived during the first week of the transfer window.

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The chase for Jed Wallace may go to the wire; although Forest appear to be on the charge for proven players now.

Some fans will still have an axe to grind with Marinakis. Some will take a lot more convincing that he has the best interests of the club at heart.

It’s hard to deny that the owner has put some serious plans in place to start building bridges with his critics. You’d have to be really stubborn to say that lessons aren’t being learned.

A glance at Derby County should certainly persuade Forest fans to be very careful what they wish for in the future.

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